hiv_aids.gifThe National Aids Council has decided to enlist support from the corporate sector in the fight against the HIV and Aids pandemic since the effects of the disease are being felt in every sector including the business sector.

 

The Aids pandemic has ceased to be a health sector challenge only, as its effects are being felt in all sectors including social and business.

 

The Zimbabwean government has since adopted a multi-sectoral response to the pandemic.

 

As commemorations to mark World Aids Day draw nearer, the National Aids Council has embarked on a nationwide program to enlist the support of the business community in raising funds for the commemorations as well as other activities. 

 

This year’s National World Aids Day commemorations will be held at Rimuka Stadium in Kadoma in Mashonaland West province on the 1st of December.

 

NAC Chief Executive, Dr Tapiwa Magure said so far US$60 thousand dollars has been raised towards the commemorations. There is however a deficit of US$60 thousand dollars.

 

“We carry out a number of pre and post launch activities and they require money, so we have decided to enlist support from the business sector. As a country, we are working towards universal access and the programs that we have embarked upon require a lot

of funding,” he said.

 

Principal Director Preventive Services in the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare, Dr Gibson Mhlanga, said the business sector is aware of the impact the disease has had on most businesses, adding that most companies have lost considerable productive capacity in human resources that have either continued to be absent from duty or passed away and there is need for the business community to assist in the fight against the pandemic.

 

He said: “It is a good idea to take some time and explain the effects of the pandemic to people in various sectors. This time we are focusing on the business community and we are happy with the response so far.”

 

Various companies have designed and instituted some programs aimed at preventing workers from contracting HIV as well providing treatment and support for the infected.